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Illustration: Europe by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Moving America toward Europe's excess

By spring, anyone caught driving the streets of Paris without a breathalyzer in the car will face a stiff fine. President Nicolas Sarkozy added this device to the list of gadgets every Frenchman must carry under penalty of law - equipment that already includes a high-visibility fluorescent jacket and warning triangle. Europe is bankrupt precisely because its governments insist on coming up with ever-crazier regulations. Published January 5, 2012

Illustration: Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Vietnam flashback in Afghanistan

You know the Taliban is feeling pretty good about life when it opens up a branch office. On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced that the insurgent group would be establishing a presence in Qatar's capital city of Doha to facilitate negotiations with the United States. Published January 4, 2012

Illustration: Taxes by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Tax-haven wars

It's bad enough that U.S. citizens have to deal with the Internal Revenue Service and its incomprehensible rules, but Congress is about to export much of this bureaucracy overseas. In the name of taxing away a bit of profit made by Americans living overseas, much more costly harm will be done to the U.S. economy. Published January 4, 2012

Illustration: Obama's war by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama and dictatorship

Can a mundane defense authorization law create an Obama dictatorship? Many people on the political right and left have been alarmed by language in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that they argue authorizes the president to use military force to capture, detain, torture and kill Americans at home and abroad. The furor centers on Sections 1021 and 1022 of the law, which deal with detaining terrorist suspects. Specifically at issue is to what extent the law allows the government to treat American citizens like enemies of the state. Published January 3, 2012

Illustration: Obama spending by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

GHEI: What happened to spending cuts?

President Obama sent a request last week to raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion. That would push the limit on federal borrowing to an eye-popping $16.4 trillion, a move regarded as business as usual in Washington. Published January 3, 2012

Occupy DC protestors are arrested as they block the intersection of 14th St. NW and K St. NW in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 7, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: The Occupy D.C. crime wave

Walking by dirty neo-hippies in McPherson Square isn't the biggest problem with the Occupy movement. The ongoing protest is making Washington streets less safe. Published January 3, 2012

Tonya Crenshaw, left, and Kendrick Haraalson fill out applications at a job fair Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Brookpark, Ohio. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

EDITORIAL: EEOC undermines job creation

The Obama administration is floating the idea that requiring a high-school diploma for a job can be an illegal act of discrimination. No wonder employers are refusing to hire. Published January 2, 2012

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck

EDITORIAL: Beijing's space odyssey

China is pressing forward with plans to land a man on the moon. The United States, meanwhile, cannot even get an astronaut into space without hitching a ride. Published January 2, 2012

Airplanes taxi at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in September 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Europe's airline tax bomb

The skies over Europe just became less friendly. Statists and environmentalists on the Continent have linked up to impose a new carbon-dioxide-emissions tax on flights to and from Europe. This heightens prospects for a trade war that could prolong economic stagnation the world over. Published January 2, 2012

In this photo provided by Paris-based Binoche Et Giquello auction house gallery on Wednesday March 23, 2011 is seen a Mayan-style statue. The Mexican government on Wednesday said a Mayan-style statue that brought a record $4 million (2.9 million euros) at auction this week is a fake. Auctioneers vow it is genuine and claim Mexico wants to quash legal sales of pre-Hispanic artifacts. (AP Photo/Binoche Et Giquello) NO SALES

EDITORIAL: Fear and hope in 2012

The year 2012 is shaping up to be one to remember. Though there are many reasons for apprehension over what lies ahead, there's less to fear than the doomsayers would have us believe. President Obama and Congress have been racking up debt like there's no tomorrow, but that's no reason to credit particular prophecies of the end times. Published December 30, 2011

Illustration: Red tape by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A New Year's resolution for Capitol Hill

Uncle Sam ended the year having saddled Americans with another 81,836 pages of regulations. No issue was too small or insignificant to escape attention in the federal government's final week of pronouncements. Published December 30, 2011

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Inside Politics

The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for suspected laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. Published December 29, 2011

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Tuning in to TV

If you need proof that Dick Clark still rules New Year's Eve, here it is. Published December 29, 2011

** FILE ** Ben Nelson (Associated Press)

Inside Politics

Newt Gingrich says a luxury cruise he took through the Greek Isles earlier this year that prompted top aides to quit his campaign was designed to show he's "a different kind of candidate." Published December 28, 2011

Illustration: Ahmadinejad by Jennifer Kohnke

EDITORIAL: Tehran's moment of truth

The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to rattle their scimitars, threatening a crisis in the Strait of Hormuz. Bring it on. Published December 28, 2011

**FILE** The Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Hands off the Internet

Congress once again is about to expand the ability of federal bureaucrats to censor the Internet. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee began marking up the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill designed to force domain registrars and search engines such as Google to erase any mention of websites the attorney general declares "rogue." Published December 28, 2011

Illustration: Bernanke's twist by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The 2012 economy

Consumer confidence is at the highest level it's been since the recession officially ended in February. Many financial analysts share the optimistic outlook. An Associated Press poll of economists projected higher growth for the U.S. economy in 2012. The bad news is that the positive growth figure is contingent on Europe's economic situation remaining relatively stable - and that's not likely. Published December 28, 2011

** FILE ** A file photo shows Johnny Weissmuller (right) as Tarzan, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane, and Cheetah the chimpanzee in a scene from the 1932 movie "Tarzan the Ape Man." A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah died Saturday of kidney failure at age 80. (AP Photo/File)

Taking Names: Did 'Cheetah' die?

A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah, the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s, has died at age 80. But other accounts call that claim into question. Published December 28, 2011